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Washington History is the only scholarly journal devoted exclusively to the history of our nation’s capital. Started in 1989, the journal replaced the original Records of the Columbia Historical Society, printed since 1897. Washington History is filled with scholarly articles, reviews, and a rich array of images and is written and edited by distinguished historians and journalists. Each year, the Historical Society published two issues of Washington History. Holders of “Annual Memberships” receive copies in the mail as a benefit of membership.

Current Issue

Fall 2017 | Volume 29, Number 2


“Statehood is Far More Difficult”
The Struggle for D.C. Self-Determination, 1980-2017

Follow the most recent steps—forward and backward—in the perennial fight for full democracy for the District of Columbia.



  • Tracing a Bethesda, Maryland, African American Community and Its Contested Cemetery
  • “Thank You, General Ross”
    How Washington Won the Battle to Keep the Federal Government in 1814
  • Becoming a “Force for Desegregation”
    The Girl Scouts and Civil Rights in the Nation’s Capital

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A subscription to Washington History (two issues per year) is one of the most valued benefits of membership in the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Membership is currently available at two levels. Annual Membership includes Washington History and these benefitsMembership Plus includes online access to all past issues of both Washington History and the Records of the Columbia Historical Society and these benefits. For institutional subscription information, please contact info@dchistory.org.


amazon logoCurrent issues are available for purchase at the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Research Library, National Building Museum Shop, and Politics & Prose Bookstore. Current and remaining past issues are available from the Historical Society Online Store or Amazon.com.


Search Washington History through JSTOR or see a complete list of the tables of contents. Please note, JSTOR access is available in the Kiplinger Research Library as well as off-site to members at the Membership Plus level.

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The editors of Washington History welcome submissions of essays as well as books, films, and exhibits to review. Please view the submission guidelines and contact the editor for further information at editor@dchistory.org.


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Editorial Board
Chris Myers Asch, Editor
Jane Freundel Levey, Managing Editor
John DeFerrari, Review Editor
Sally Lichtenstein Berk
Kenneth R. Bowling
Mary Beth Corrigan
J. Kirkpatrick Flack
C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa
Matthew B. Gilmore
Michael Harrison
Don Hawkins
Mary D. Hewes
Christopher Klemek
Richard Longstreth
Edna Greene Medford
Alfred A. Moss, Jr.
George Derek Musgrove
Joseph P. Reidy
Kim Prothro Williams